Florida pastor threatens to burn 2,998 Korans on Sept. 11

Sept. 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM
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MULBERRY, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida pastor whose 2010 burning of a Koran angered Muslims worldwide says he plans to burn nearly 3,000 more on Sept. 11.

The Rev. Terry Jones says he plans to burn 2,998 Korans, one for each person who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, the Tampa Tribune reported Monday.

Jones said he plans to toss the scriptures into an incinerator he will bring to a public park outside the central Florida town of Mulberry, but county officials say he could face arrest because he doesn't have a permit for the event.

Jones says he doesn't plan to get a permit.

"We have tried to file for permits, but we feel that a permit is just an excuse to turn us down," Jones said last week.

"We are prepared for arrest," he added.

The Koran-burning had been set to occur on private property, Jones said, but the property owner backed out after he was threatened with arrest and feared losing his job.

Jones said he expected a couple of hundred supporters to show up at Loyce E. Harpe County Park.

Mianne Nelson, spokeswoman for the Polk County Commission, said Jones will not be allowed to hold the event in the park because he has not filed an application for a permit, which she said would take up to two weeks to process.

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